In case you haven’t heard, the Sunset Music Series at Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village is back for the summer after a brief delay.
The free weekly concert series, which resumed last week after a two-year pandemic hiatus, is something Teddy Errico is delighted to offer. Producer of the series since 2011 under the name Telluride Society for Music and in partnership with Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), Errico was delighted to see so many people last Wednesday for the first concert featuring Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble.
“On such short notice, we were delighted with Curley Taylor’s participation. Hearing the music through Mountain Village and seeing the place so vibrant made me very happy,” he said.
Only recently permission to use the Telski-owned place made the schedule for this year’s series a bit different, including Thursday shows and weeks with two concerts.
Wednesday and Thursday are the first back-to-back shows of the summer, featuring The Deer and Barbaro, respectively. Both concerts take place from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening.
“It’s a week two for the series and something completely new with back-to-back shows. But the talent on each night is undeniable. Pick one, pick both, but come see your friends and listen to the music world-class,” says Errico.
Wednesday’s band The Deer have built a devoted following for their cosmic, uninhibited old-school indie folk: playing hard, night after night. The group formed in the college town of San Marcos, Texas, a half-hour south of Austin, where the members attended Texas State University and where singer/co-songwriter Grace Rowland lived in a closed. They have cultivated a fervent presence in the Texas Hill Country, playing festivals like Kerrville Folk Festival and Old Settler’s Music Festival, and often collaborating with local staples like Bayonne’s Roger Sellers, players from Asleep at the Wheel and another band of Elephant Revival festival. The Deer expanded to the national stage with numerous headlining and supporting slots for Big Thief and The Head and The Heart. The band’s 2019 debut album, “Do No Harm,” marked a string of career breakthroughs, topping the KUTX radio charts and earning a nomination for Album of the Year from the Austin Music Awards. When live music took a hiatus globally, The Deer had the momentum to sort it out. The five musicians took the energy historically reserved for touring into the studio, a pressure cooker not just for creativity, but for existential contemplation. The result was two full albums. The first, “The Beautiful Undead”, will be released on September 9 on independent label Keeled Scales. The next record is an exuberant collection reflecting what it means to lose one’s sense of purpose.
On Thursday, discover Barbaro’s musical vision, which explores the group’s collective life experiences through intricate instrumentation by creatively transforming traditional music into a style of their own. The Winona, Minneapolis band created their eclectic sound through an original art of songwriting, with inspiration derived from bluegrass, jazz and chamber music. Barbaro’s latest album, “Dressed in Roses,” released in January 2020, “is a true testament to their musical identity and the sound that launched one of the most requested acoustic acts in the Midwest,” according to the band’s bio. .
The Sunset Music series is brought to the public free of charge by presenting sponsor TMVOA, along with the Telluride Society for Music and Telski. Supporting sponsors include Errico of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, The Peaks Resort and Spa, By Sutton, Telluride Brewing Company and the Town of Mountain Village. The event takes place rain or shine.